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ALRA Widening Access and Participation Statement

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ALRA is dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds and ages to enter the world of live and recorded arts. We offer three types of access provision for students: School/College outreach auditions, regional auditions, preliminary online assessments, collaborative partners and network building.

For information on our Widening Participation Strategy click here: 
Widening Participation Strategy

Outreach & Regional Auditions

To ensure that students who can’t afford to travel to Wigan or London for our in house auditions we travel to their college or offer a regional audition. Our strategy for determining which colleges/regions to visit includes highlighting areas of deprivation where there is a low level of engagement in the performing arts. We provide Senior Staff members for ALRA who visit the School/Venue and offer information about accessing higher education, the potential employment opportunities post ALRA as well as a workshop based audition.

In 2015 – 2016 we have held outreach auditions at the following venues:

  • Barton Peveril
  • York College
  • Cirencester
  • Generation Arts
  • Bubble Theatre
  • SGS College
  • Cathedral Academy Wakefield
  • Guernsey College
  • Warrington College
  • Blackpool Sixth Form
  • Loughborough College
  • Blackpool Sixth Form
  • Leicester College
  • Read College
  • Nescot College
  • Guernsey College
  • York College
  • Manchester College
  • SGS College
  • Runshaw College
  • Exeter College
  • Cirencester College
  • Cardiff + Vale College
  • Manchester Regional
  • Glasgow Regional
  • Middlesborough Regional

Collaborative Partners

National Opera Studio

ALRA is currently developing a project for 2017/18.

Leicester College

ALRA have developed a partnership with the college that allows our staff to enhance the quality of their Level 4 – 6 delivery with input and mentoring from our specialist staff in areas such as acting for camera, movement and voice. The college has the option of selecting students in collaboration with ALRA to access our unique level 6 University Certificate (subject to validation in 2018) allowing them accelerated entry to our MA in Professional Acting. Therefore learners will be able to engage in an integrated level 7 programme of study spanning to sites and two institutions in just over three years.

Preliminary Online Assessment

ALRA understands the high costs involved for international students wishing to study in the UK who are required to attend an audition. We have a preliminary stage for international applicants, which we hope will result in reduced costs for some of our overseas applicants. Pieces must be recorded and posted to YouTube and a link supplied to the Registrar.

Work will be assessed and if successful students are invited to audition at ALRA in London or Wigan to complete the full audition.

Network Building

We build our networks to access diverse student populations who would not normally be aware of ALRA or the opportunities that our unique training provide.

Through our network building we attend higher education events, run workshops for potential students.

Over the course of the year we will run Higher Education and Careers events at Richmond Upon Thames Tertiary College, Paston 6th Form College (North Norfolk) and NESCOT College, Surrey.

We have been represented at the following conferences and events:

  • Compose Your Future Oct 2016 (London and Manchester)
  • The Higher Education Show Oct 2016
  • Theatre Craft Show Nov 2016
  • Theatre 2016
  • Brit School Careers and HE Event - Jan 2017
  • Music & Drama Education Expo - Feb 2017


ALRA demonstrates an exceptionally high record of retaining students between all levels of study with 90% of students continuing to throughout the their courses at high success rates.

For more information on our Widening Participation Strategy click here: 
Widening Participation Strategy

ALRA's Notable Alumni
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5 tickets for ALRA showcases | that's alumnights

At each Friday night performance of any ALRA show there will hold back 5 complimentary tickets for our ALRA graduates.

To find out the forthcoming shows, please see the ‘What’s on’ section of the website.

Alumnight tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; to book tickets please email

Please note: ALRA still offer free tickets to all ALRA shows to alumni that are within their first year of graduation.

To learn more about ALRA’s graduate package please email

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